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Emery Out Six Weeks

Flyers goaltender needs abdominal surgery

Tuesday, 12.08.2009 / 5:00 PM / News
By Kevin Kurz  - philadelphiaflyers.com
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Emery Out Six Weeks
Ray Emery will miss approximately six weeks with an abdominal tear. (Getty Images)
(Philadelphia, PA) - Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Ray Emery will undergo surgery on Wednesday to repair a torn muscle in his lower abdominal wall and is expected to be out for approximately six weeks, the club announced on Tuesday.

Flyers G.M. Paul Holmgren met with the media prior to the team’s game against the Islanders, and explained what happened to Emery, who signed as a free agent over the summer.

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“It’s been bothering Ray probably since before mid-November, and it’s gotten progressively worse,” said Holmgren. “The tests and the MRIs and everything that we had done showed the tear in his abdominal wall.
 
“We tried to approach it through rehab and through cortisone injections and stuff like that. It just wasn’t progressive to the point where [we] or Ray felt comfortable moving forward, so we decided to move ahead and get this surgery done.”

Emery was emotional when he met with the media following the 6-2 win over New York. He tried to battle through the injury in the hopes it would just go away, but that turned out to be impossible.

"I want to play and I want to help my team. If they want me in there I was willing to be in there," he said. "But it's a case where you're hoping the next day you're going to wake up and it's going to feel a bit better and gradually get to the point where you're feeling 100 percent. I got a couple shots, I tried taking days off and different things and it just wasn't working."

Neither Holmgren nor Emery were unable to point to a specific game in which Emery hurt himself, but both said that it was a factor in his recent shaky play after he got off to an outstanding start to the regular season.

“You guys who follow the team on a regular basis know how hard he practices. In my opinion, he couldn’t practice the way he normally practices, and I think his game suffered,” said Holmgren.

"It's not to say that I didn't go in there feeling like I wasn't capable of playing solid for the team, but it was to the point where that wasn't happening and it was the result of what was bugging me," added Emery.

Brian Boucher will get the majority of the playing time with Emery out, and will be backed up by Johan Backlund, who was recalled from the Adirondack Phantoms prior to the game. Holmgren expects Backlund to get some playing time at some point, with the Flyers playing 11 games in the next 21 days alone.

“Given the schedule, I would say [Backlund] probably will [play] at some point,” he said of the Swedish native, who has yet to appear in an NHL game. “We’re in a stretch now where we’re playing literally four games a week for the next two weeks, so it’s a difficult stretch.

“You never know until you stick a guy in how he’s going to do. It’s not like he’s a young kid, Johan, he’s [28] years old. If the coaches decide they’re going to play him, I have no problem with that."

Still, the general manager will explore his options.

“We’ll look around to see what’s available,” he said.

Emery, 27, has an 11-8-1 record with a 2.83 goals-against average and .901 save percentage, including one shutout, in 21 appearances with the Flyers this season.

Dr. William Meyers from Hahnemann University Hospital will perform the surgery.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

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2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 82 28 58 7 86
J. Voracek 82 23 39 11 62
W. Simmonds 82 29 31 -4 60
S. Hartnell 78 20 32 11 52
M. Streit 82 10 34 3 44
B. Schenn 82 20 21 0 41
M. Read 75 22 18 -4 40
S. Couturier 82 13 26 1 39
V. Lecavalier 69 20 17 -16 37
K. Timonen 77 6 29 5 35
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 33 18 7 .917 2.50
R. Emery 9 12 2 .903 2.96
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